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[6] He took his first podium, and the first podium for a Thai driver, at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix. Alex Albon endured a difficult Italian Grand Prix, following Lap 1 damage which restricted his progress throughout the race at Monza. F1 Drivers Girlfriends and Wives Gallery ⮕, F1 fans have chosen their favourite race of 2019, The scenarios Hamilton needs to bag the title in Mexico, Scenes from the paddock: Spa-Francorchamps, Scenes from the paddock: Circuit Paul Ricard, W Series to be broadcast live on UK's free-to-air Channel 4, F1i's Top Shots of 2018 from XPB's Laurent Charniaux. VideoChurch pastor a career con artist, Tech to spot sailor’s mood in tough global race. Pit stops in 2018: Who was the fastest crew of them all? Ghiotto. After finishing fifth in both races at the Red Bull Ring, Albon won the feature race at Silverstone, before collecting two more wins at the sprint race at the Hungaroring, and the feature race at Sochi. But thanks to financial backing from sponsors and his mum's home country of Thailand he was able to keep his racing career alive. At the end of the season, Albon received the Rookie of the Year award at the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony. [16] His teammate for the season would be Nobuharu Matsushita, who at the time was also signed as a development driver for McLaren. However, the Thai-British driver will not be stripped of his seat early, and will be in the car until at least the final event of the season in Abu Dhabi. A concertina effect occurred at the Grand Hotel Hairpin as Canamasas was spun, causing Gelael to lose his front wing and bringing out a local yellow.

Last year, McLaren's Lando Norris and Williams driver George Russell were also new to the sport, which was comforting for Alex. [28][29] Albon had an unspectacular weekend at the next race of the season, the Styrian Grand Prix. I think it would be great to have a race there, it would be just amazing. Afterwards he said he did not think the ban on qualifying engine modes hurt Red Bull despite the poor showing. Jim Clark's Aston Martin smashes record at Bonham's auction! A stylish over-taker with a championship mentality, Albon was unfazed by partnering the mighty Max Verstappen for the second half of his rookie season, taking top-six finishes in eight of his nine 2019 races with Red Bull. Alex has a Thai Mum and a British Dad, but chose to race under a Thai flag. Upon the shock mid-season announcement, the team at Red Bull said in a press release, ”The team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex’s performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020.”[26] On the dropping of Gasly, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said: "Pierre really needs to take some time out during the break, reflect, and take the lessons into the second part of the year.